Berkeley Youth Tobacco Educators (BYTE)

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Free cessation clinics!

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CITY OF BERKELEY is offering FREE cessation clinics! Ready to quit smoking? We can help you! If you are a smoker and are ready to take action for a tobacco free life, please join us for our FREE quit smoking session series! To register please call or E-mail: (510)981-5330

Mentholated Tobacco Products: How the African-American Community is Targeted

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Youth Tobacco Product Use in the United States

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More than twice as many youth in the United States currently use 2 or more tobacco products than cigarettes alone. Continued monitoring of tobacco use patterns is warranted, especially for e-cigarettes. Youth rates of multiple product use involving combustible products underscore needs for research assessing potential harms associated with these patterns.

Electronic Cigarette Liquid Increases Inflammation and Virus Infection in Primary Human Airway Epithelial Cells

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“This is the first study to demonstrate the adverse effects of e-cigarettes on primary airway epithelial functions from young people. Our data suggest that even nicotine-free e-liquid promotes pro-inflammatory response and HRV infection. Moreover, both e-liquid without nicotine and with nicotine inhibits lung innate immunity (e.g., SPLUNC1) that is involved in lung defense against HRV infection.”  “These findings strongly suggest the deleterious health effects of e-cigarettes in the airways of young people.”                             


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Legislative Update: New Bills for 2015 Session January 30, 2015

With the deadline to introduce new bills for the 2015 session of the California Legislature less than a month away, four tobacco related bills are already officially on the table. These bills cover a variety of issues, including regulation of electronic cigarettes, raising the purchase age of tobacco and single-use filters.


San Francisco Senator’s Unjustified Vaping Ban Would Harm Smokers

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SACRAMENTO, C.A. – The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to today’s announcement by California State Sen. Mark Leno (D – San Francisco) that he would be filing a bill to ban the use of vapor products wherever “smoking” is banned in the State of California.


Flavored Tobacco Bans

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Two cities, New York City and Providence, RI have both banned the sale of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products within their city limits. And both have been challenged and upheld by the courts. Chicago’s ban on the sale of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products went into effect on Wednesday, after a last minute effort by gas station convenience store owners to stop the implementation failed.



While electronic smoking devices may be getting the attention, far more young teens are using flavored little cigars which have been clearly marketed to the starter under-aged audience.  Cherry, grape, strawberry flavored little cigars are packaged in brightly colored foil resembling candy products.

Both the cities of Union City and Hayward require a minimum pack size of 5 for cigars valued at less than $5 each.   Hayward also prohibits any new sales of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products within 500 feet of schools.  Berkeley is considering creating tobacco-sales free zones around schools.

Night Board meeting to cover e-cigarette ban, role of art at BART

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“A number of complaints have reached the Board of Directors about people using electronic cigarettes and vaping devices on BART property,” said Director Robert Raburn. “Other transit providers have enacted prohibitions that we now propose to enact.”

American Lung Association: Freedom from Smoking

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